Blackpool boss will not change his style

Blackpool secured a place in the Premier League with their play-off final win over Cardiff in May.

“You won’t ever in my life in the Premier League – however long that may be – catch me standing toe to toe with someone as a boxer and just covering my face. That’s what a lot of teams do and I don’t think that’s football,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“I want to go to these big clubs and give them a good game but, whatever the scoreline, I’ll still be buzzing when we leave because I’m proud of my lads’ efforts. We may not be as good as them but our heads won’t drop and I expect us to give a good account of ourselves.

“I was fuming at first when people said we wouldn’t get 10 points. But when I got the fixture list I said, ‘My God, where are we going to get 10 points from?’

“Joking is how I deal with worries sometimes. The truth is, I can’t wait for the challenge. I’ve nothing to lose and that suits me better than having everything to lose.

“There’s no fear in me because I do not fear losing my job. After all, I didn’t have one for a year before this, did I?”